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About Us

The Firm

Kerry Lehane & Co, Certified Public Accountants, is a well established accountancy, audit and taxation practice based in Dunmanway, Co Cork. It was formed in 1979 and has an impeccable reputation as a proactive firm in providing excellent accounting, innovative business and taxation solutions and advice for Munster based clients involving both companies and sole traders who are engaged in a variety of areas such as retail, construction, manufacturing & processing, renewable energy, agricultural, services, professional activities, farmers, schools, community based projects, and PAYE workers seeking general taxation advice.

We are a highly dynamic team including seven qualified accountants, five senior support staff, including three payroll specialists. Working in public practice, we provide accounting, audit, taxation (compliance and planning), and company secretarial support. We cater for traditional and modern business entities utilising conventional based software.

Through our payroll bureau we facilitate employers in meeting their legal responsibilities by organising all aspects of their staff payroll and taxation administration.

We offer solutions that add real, tangible value to every stage of your business development, in providing effective solutions, we offer you a high level of Partner engagement.

In all areas of the accountancy practice, we provide clients with pragmatic, personalised advice and insights that help them succeed. We get to know our clients. We value the relationship with our clients and our people are always readily accessible.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements

Core Principles

At Kerry Lehane & Co, Certified Public Accountants we understand the challenges our clients meet as their businesses develop and grow.

Taking the time to understand our clients’ businesses, the environment they are operating in, the risks they are facing as well as their concerns cannot be underestimated.

We have strong working relationships with all our clients and in doing so we have remained committed to our core principles which are as follows:

  • Client's interest always come first
  • Our people are key to our success, we invest significant amount of time in recruitment and training the very best people
  • Our success is dependent on the service to our clients and the quality of the people we recruit
  • We take pride in the professional quality and standards of our work
  • We encourage teamwork and cooperation in everything we do
  • We operate the practice with the highest levels of independence, integrity and honesty


The practice is registered with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Ireland in Ireland. A number of partners and employees, through membership, also have affiliations with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, ACCA Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute.

Meet the team


At Kerry Lehane & Co we take pride in our personal approach with our clients. Our team of experienced professionals work closely with our clients to allow us to best respond to our clients’ needs when business and financial issues arise. We know from developing strong relationships with each of our clients that we can provide a proactive and valued added service.


Joseph Kelly - FCA

Joseph Kelly FCA is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 while training with O’Brien Cahill in Cork City. In 1993, Joseph joined Kerry Lehane & Co where he has primarily been involved in the audit, accounting, taxation and advisory side of the practice.
Joseph has an in-depth knowledge of current auditing and accounting issues and has spent his career working closely with owner-managed businesses and offering them the benefits of his knowledge and experience of business over his years in practice.

Outside of Joseph’s professional commitments he finds time to represent numerous local organizations. He is treasurer of Sam Maguire underage GAA Club and he is also the current secretary of Rebel Og West which caters for all the underage GAA activity in the greater West Cork area including clubs in the Beara peninsula. He is a member of the Board of Management of Maria Immaculata Community College


Michael Scanlon ACPA

Michael Scanlon is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. He was a trainee with Ernest & Young in Cork City from 1979 to 1983 before he joined Kerry Lehane & Co in 1984.

Michael has considerable experience in auditing of small, and medium companies, management accounts, tax planning and implementation of quality audit systems. In more recent times Michael has been engaged to deal with the audit of property management companies and provide accountant's reports for Auctioneers.

Michael is involved in the daily management and operation of various Tax heads that include Income Tax, Corporation Tax, VAT, Payroll Taxes, & Relevant Contracts Tax.

Outside of his professional commitments he is actively involved in several organisations in the parish of Newcestown where he resides including the parish development association, hall committee and pitch and putt club.


John O’Sullivan BSc


Sylvia Healy FCCA, CTA


Daniel O’Mahony CPA


Marilyn O’Brien CPA


Catherine Daly CPA


Mairéad O’Donoghue Office Manager


Emma O’Donovan IATI


Jerry McCarthy Accounts Assistant


Anna Harrington Accounts Assistant


Tristan Coakley Trainee Accountant


Shane Scanlon Accounts Assistant

General Questions

Isn’t it just larger businesses that need an accountant?
Of course not, even the smallest business can benefit from advice on ways to minimise tax and manage their accounts. If you prefer, we can handle all of your bookkeeping, regular management accounts and VAT returns on your behalf. The added benefit of us being involved is that having prepared the books it makes the final accounts much easier, saving time and keeping costs down.


Working with an accountant is an added cost to any business. However, the cost should be offset by the value they add. We work closely with our clients to achieve their goals. By getting to know you and your business well, we can tailor what we do specifically for your needs and your strategy, thereby adding value.


We aim to provide you with a fixed fee quote that will cover the areas we will work on together. This will be based on the complexity and volume of the tasks involved. Should any additional assignments come up during the year then we will provide a quote in advance, unless the matter is urgent and it is in your best interests to take action on your behalf. We offer you the chance to pay our fees monthly and avoid having a large invoice in one go, which helps your cashflow. One thing is for sure, if you telephone with a query you won’t get a bill. We want you to let us know how you are.

If you want to keep your own accounting records, then that is fine. If you need some help then we can give you some training. Ensuring that you understand the best way to prepare your accounting information makes it easier for us to complete your accounts or tax return. If we do this for you then you can concentrate on running your business.


Sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at your business. We will listen to you and firstly understand the history of the business and then how you want to develop it. We can carry out a “healthcheck” of the operating systems, management and financial reporting in place; advise on any matters arising and recommend any actions required. All designed to match up with your goals, which we established at the outset.